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What’s the worst thing that could happen to you on your first day back at work this 2017? Why, having a bad hair day, of course! And we mean this literally. Taking care of your hair is just as important as taking care of your skin. Do you notice the many products and procedures, not to mention outrageous color dyes that are available in the market, all promising you the shiniest, healthiest, and most manageable hair ever?

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The hair has three basic layers: the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla. The cuticle is the outer layer of the protective scales. It is the main hair structure and is responsible for the strength, shine, smoothness, softness and manageability of healthy hair. There’s also a layer of sebum, an oily substance secreted by the hair follicles, which coats the cuticles and adds shine and manageability to the hair. The cortex provides strength to the hair shaft, and determines the color and texture of hair. The medulla is the innermost core of the hair where the body and strength of the hair is determined. 

portrait-1932246_960_720The cuticle can be damaged by chemical or mechanical means, such as dyeing or blow-drying. Environmental factors such as sun exposure, air pollution, wind, seawater and chlorinated swimming pool water can also cause damage to occur. When the cuticle is damaged by such means, the protective scales are peeled away and the rest of the hair shaft is exposed for further damage. “The best way to improve the cosmetic value of the damaged or weathered hair shaft is to use conditioners,” stated Dr. Madeleine Sembrano, an dermatological expert from S.t Luke’s Medical Center. 

Shine

The hair’s shine is due to light reflected by smooth surface of the individual hair shafts. Conditioners containing polymer film-forming agents can increase hair shine by helping the cuticle ‘scales’ lie flat against the hair shaft for smoother appearance. 

Strength

Increasing the hair’s strength can be attempted by using conditioners with such ingredients such as hydrolyzed proteins or hydrolyzed human hair keratin proteins, which have a low molecular weight. They can easily penetrate the hair shaft to replenish the hair’s nutrients, providing a high degree of improvement. While there is no way to reverse split ends, trims every four or six weeks and deep-conditioning treatments can keep strands supple and flexible.

Static Electricity

Combing or brushing the hair allows the individual hair shaft to become negatively charged, creating static electricity and preventing the hair from lying smoothly in a given style. Fine hair or the so-called baby hair is more susceptible to static electricity. 

Here’s a simple trick you could try for a more beautiful and manageable mane:

Use almond oil to treat dry, frizzy and damaged hair. The procedure is pretty simple. Pour some almond oil in a bowl and heat it for 40 seconds. Then, evenly distribute  on hair. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then rinse normally with shampoo and conditioner using cold water. Voila! You’ll instantly feel and see the difference! 

No matter what your hair type, just make sure to keep your crowning glory in top shape and you’re sure to have healthier, happier and more manageable tresses and banish bad hair days forever…

If there are any other home remedies or hair care tips you’d like to share with us, please do so under the comments section, we’d love to hear from you. 

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